The Best Song Rip Off Compilation Ever
The Music industry is a funny thing always changing, always in flux until like a cacooned caterpillar it emerges, into what is deemed a new incarnation or new “golden age” of music. But this, is where fiction meets fact, because music is composed of only 12 musical notes that are constantly rearranged, held or emphasized depending on the instrument you are performing with. Rarely does music ever change, the “NEW” iteration is merely a fresh twist on already established melodic sounds and harmonies.
The slogan “Been there, Done that” explains it all in a nutshell. We as creative species it seems, are running out or have run out of ideas. Movies are now mostly blockbuster sequels, case in point Star Wars prequels or the 5th iteration of Terminator. The world’s biggest musical artists have taken to rummaging through the archives of old, forgotten, and long dead musicians, to see what they can scavenge, regurgitate, and claim as their own. They hope their “hard work” will pay off and their latest iteration will land them on the music charts, hoping for a top ten slot. But, in the back of their mind, they really want to attain that ever so elusive number one hit song.
There is an old adage “what was once old, is new again”. In the music buisness this means lets see how far we can stretch the sampling rules. At some point or another in a musicians life they co-opt anothers style, look or sound in order to attain the “It” factor, their hope is that it will be the catalyst to launch them to fame and superstardom. “They say Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but in today’s society, its not flattery, that drives them, but greed or the need to stay relevant. In a buisness where one minute you’re on top and the next you could be working in the hospitality industry at the local watering hole. In the video below you will see some of the world’s biggest artists have been caught quite egregiously passing off others work as their own.